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Training Options for Chiropractic Careers

Posted by on Jul 14, 2012 in Students | 0 comments

Training Options for Chiropractic Careers

  A two-to four-year minimum education at a regular college or university followed by five academic years at a college of chiropractic is required to achieve an accredited degree as Doctor of Chiropractic. It is the “adjustment” aspect of chiropractic, however, with which you, as patients, are most familiar. Many of you also ask how chiropractors learn to perform adjustments.   The time you spend receiving an adjustment may seem relatively brief, but years of training, supervision and experience go into knowing what adjustment is indicated for a specific condition and how to administer this adjustment properly. Adjustments that are seemingly similar are not necessarily so.   In the first year at an accredited chiropractic college, along with studies in various sciences, students receive intensive education in anatomy (the study of the parts of the body) and the actual dissection of cadavers to see where body parts are located and how they function and connect and relate to one another. Also in this first year, students of chiropractic participate in supervised “palpation” classes in a laboratory with other chiropractic students and learn to “feel” different bones, muscles, spines and to generally orient themselves with those parts of the bodies on other living persons.   During the students’ second, third and fourth years, they participate in “technique” classes. Here, under supervision of chiropractic instructors, they work with other students, learning to “set up” adjusting techniques for various conditions (headaches, neck problems, lower back pain, etc.) and for various types of patients (children, the elderly, pregnant women, different body sizes, etc.). During these years, of course, there is also a full schedule of classes in various advanced sciences and in other lab work. In the final or fifth year, at the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, from which I graduated, students work with patients who come to one of the five Chiropractic Clinics affiliated with the college. One of these is an in-patient Chiropractic Hospital. The others are spread throughout the Chicago area, and training at them provides a wide variety of experience.   At the college out-patient clinics, rounds are made with “clinicians”, who are Doctors of Chiropractic. Under the observation of these clinicians, student interns position the patient for chiropractic adjustment. If the clinician approves the positioning, the intern proceeds with the adjustment. At the in-patient chiropractic hospital internship covers treating patients suffering with extremely severe conditions. Many of these patients stay overnight, for several days or perhaps a week, being held for observation and intensive further treatment until their conditions are improved. Students at the hospital make “rotations” or rounds at various times in the areas of diagnosis, x-rays, physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments of all possible types. This variety of training and procedures encompasses all phases of chiropractic care and enters into the recommended treatment a patient receives at our office.   Article by: Dr. James Schofield. To learn more about chiropractic care in Pittsburgh, please visit Dr. James Schofield’s website here: NorthHillsPaChiropractor.com. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=James_Schofield. Article Source:...

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What Does A Chiropractor Do?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Students | 0 comments

What Does A Chiropractor Do?

  Chiropractic Methods Chiropractors are also known as chiropractic physicians and doctors of chiropractic. They are primary care providers trained to diagnose and manage an extremely wide range of health problems. When necessary, chiropractors cooperate with or refer patients to other health providers.   The core of chiropractic’s success as a healing art is in correcting small or partial misalignments of the spine called subluxations. Subluxations disrupt the natural flow of the nerves, and causes various health complications. Chiropractors treat these complications by correcting the joint and nervous system dysfunction with specific adjustments to the spine. This is done by hand or by using special tools to realign the spine, bringing your body into balance. Chiropractic methods help relieve pain, increase mobility, and promote general health. The chiropractors’ expertise with the joints and nervous system are not limited to the spine. Chiropractors address issues and dysfunction with the other joints of the body as necessary in individual cases. Chiropractic believes that the body has the ability to heal itself, thus chiropractors diagnose and treat conditions without the use of drugs, and/or surgery.   To become a Doctor of Chiropractic requires a minimum of seven academic years of study and training: three or more years of pre-chiropractic requirements, in addition to four years in of chiropractic school....

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Becoming A Chiropractor

Posted by on Jan 14, 2012 in Featured Articles, Students | 0 comments

Becoming A Chiropractor

How to Become a Chiropractor So you are thinking of choosing a career as a chiropractor? Chiropractors have many years of schooling to earn their doctorate degree in chiropractic, and they continue to learn about chiropractic with continuing education throughout their careers. Here are some things to consider about chiropractic education.     Chiropractic schools all require a minimum for undergraduate college credit hours. Individual Chiropractic schools may have other requirements beyond this minimum. In the United States, the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) sets the minimum requirement for prospective chiropractic students. The CCE is the accreditation organization for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs.   Chiropractic Pre-Requisites, Undergraduate Studies Currently, candidates for chiropractic school must have at least 90 undergraduate semester credit hours with specific course requirements that include: Physics, Biology, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Psychology, English, and Social Studies or Humanities. Ninety credit hours is equivalent to three undergraduate academic years and is the same minimum requirement for medical or dental school. There is no specific requirement for an undergraduate degree so long as the above mentioned credit hours are completed, though most successful applicants to a chiropractic college have a four-year undergraduate degree.   In what is believed to be a means to reduce competition, some states like Florida, Kansas, Maryland, and Rhode Island, instituted a requirement that an undergraduate degree must be obtained before matriculation to chiropractic college, or a chiropractic license will not be granted in those States. In the future, US-based chiropractic schools may require a four-year degree as a minimum requirement. The CCE policy regarding chiropractic prerequisites will change in 2014  making the minimum required GPA 3.0. After pre-requisite courses are completed or an undergraduate degree is obtained, you may apply to specialized four-year chiropractic programs offered at chiropractic institutions. As of 2007, the Council on Chiropractic Education had accredited a total of sixteen chiropractic institutions. An excellent curriculum vitae and academic record is certainly an advantage in applying to a chiropractic program.   The Four-Year Chiropractic Program, Post Graduate Studies The first two years of chiropractic studies are known as preliminary work covering physiology, pathology, anatomy, microbiology, biochemistry, public health, and laboratory work. The third and fourth years of the chiropractic program focuses on practical instructions on spinal manipulation. In addition, hands-on learning with patients and laboratory diagnosis in clinical orthopedics, physiotherapy, neurology, geriatrics, and nutrition is needed. A chiropractic student completes the same classes as medical students, differing only on the methods used in treating conditions. Completing a minimum of three years of undergraduate pre-chiropractic courses and a four-year chiropractic program entitles students to a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree.   Obtaining a Doctor Of Chiropractic License to Practice After achieving a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, you need to acquire a license to practice. In the US, depending on which state you want to practice, you must pass the test from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Many states, require taking state boards in addition to passing national boards. Chiropractors are usually only allowed to practice in the state where they acquired the license. However, some states collaborate to allow chiropractors to practice in other states through reciprocity, without additional exams, as long as the state requirements are met.   Continuing Education Like any health related career in the US, except in New Jersey,...

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